Building a Dream Home in Lake Tahoe – Step 4

paradise-realestate-peter-3This is the fourth part in our series on building a dream home in Lake Tahoe. We’re following builder Peter Stromberg and going through the same steps he is taking, from inception to completion. I’ll be sharing pictures, tips and pointers so you can see what is involved and the beautiful outcome you can have!

Step 1 was covered in a previous article and I talked of locating the perfect lot.  Now that Peter had bought the lot in Montgomery Estates he needed to start the permitting process.

In Step 2 I covered the permitting process.  It took Peter a bit longer in this stage than planned, but all moved forward.

In Step 3 I covered the pre-grade, TRPA site inspections and excavation.

Step 4:  The Foundation

Once you complete the step of pouring the foundation the job site will start to look more like a home.  In this step Peter laid rebar that will hold all concrete intact so it won’t crack or fall apart. The rebar adds strength to the concrete.

After adding the horizontal rebar, Peter added the vertical rebar that prepares the site for the concrete blocks.

Now we’re ready to pour the footing which will cover all of the horizontal rebar and leave the vertical exposed for the blocks to be added to. The bricks are laid and the foundation wall, ,also known as the stem wall, is created.

You’ll see there are steps where the foundation wall matches the topography of the hill.

Building a Dream Home in Lake Tahoe

The lot in Montgomery Estates has been excavated and is now ready to start the building process of the custom home!  All of the previous steps are about building and what we had to complete before the first nail is used, but now we’ll start to see the actual house come to life.

Step #5: The Slab and Framing


I now have a licensed contractor/Realtor as part of my team at Paradise Real Estate. Tony Cappel can visit lots with you as you make your decision to build a home in Lake Tahoe. He’ll offer expertise as to what can and cannot be built as he knows all of the regulations and permit requirements after building homes in Lake Tahoe for 30 years.

If you’re interested in any information not being covered in this series of articles, please contact me by email, by calling 530-541-2465 or by stopping by my office in the Heavenly Village.  You can also start your search of lots for sale in Lake Tahoe on my website.


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